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Hun Sen

(ho͝on sĕn), 1952–, Cambodian political leader, premier of Cambodia (1985–93, 1998–; second premier, 1993–98). A member of the Khmer RougeKhmer Rouge
, name given to native Cambodian Communists. Khmer Rouge soldiers, aided by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops, began a large-scale insurgency against government forces in 1970, quickly gaining control over more than two thirds of the country.
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 from 1970, he fled to Vietnam with Heng SamrinHeng Samrin
, 1934–, Cambodian politician. He was president of Cambodia from 1979 to 1991 and headed the Communist party from 1981 to 1991. A regimental commander of the Khmer Rouge during the civil war (1970–75), he sought refuge in Vietnam from Pol Pot's purges
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 and other Communists in 1977. When the Vietnamese army invaded Cambodia, Hun Sen returned, becoming foreign minister (1979–85) in Heng Samrin's Vietnamese-backed, anti–Khmer Rouge, Communist government. In 1985, Hun Sen became premier and soon was the most powerful member of the Cambodian government. After the signing (1991) of a peace agreement with both the Khmer Rouge and Norodom SihanoukSihanouk, Norodom
, 1922–2012, king of Cambodia (1941–55, 1993–2004), b. Phnom Penh. Sihanouk was educated in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) and Paris and was elected king by a royal council in 1941.
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's forces and then national elections in 1993, Hun Sen became copremier with royalist Prince Norodom Ranariddh. In 1997, after a period of tension in the coalition, Hun Sen's forces moved against Ranariddh and his allies, and Ranariddh fled the country. In disputed elections in 1998, Hun Sen's Cambodian People's party won, and he became sole premier in coalition with Ranariddh's party; after protracted negotiations, the coalition was renewed after the 2003 elections. He remained premier after the 2008 elections, when his party won in a landslide, and after the closer 2013 elections. His government has been intolerant of political opposition, often convicting opponents of spurious charges, and by 2018 elections, in which his party won every parliamentary seat, he had converted Cambodia into a de facto one-party state. He and his family have been accused of using his premiership to enrich themselves.
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Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday said his shoulder sprain had been 'successfully treated' by Singaporean doctors and mocked unnamed critics who had wished him dead.
Prime Minister Hun Sen suspended the POW/MIA program when Washington stopped issuing some visas after Cambodia refused to accept citizens deported from the United States following their convictions for crimes there.
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Phnom Penh: Cambodian strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday threatened opposition leader Sam Rainsy with legal action over a letter to the nation's king that appeared to rebuke the monarch for endorsing parliament.
Political turmoil in Cambodia - with the opposition challenging 2013 election results and demanding that Prime Minister Hun Sen step down - is having an effect on the country's foreign relations.
Cambodia's long-ruling leader Hun Sen has been re-elected to yet another five-year term, but the emergence of a much stronger opposition party and pressing demands for change from discontented masses make for a bumpy road ahead compared with his previous terms.
Flood deaths in Cambodia last month reached 148, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Saturday.
HUN SEN. Prime minister of the current Cambodian government, which was installed by the Vietnamese after they conquered Cambodia in 1979; a former Khmer Rouge commander who defected to Vietnam in 1977.